Salote Tawale (FJ/AU)

Exquisite Corpse (Outdoors)

Image: Salote Tawale.

Image: Salote Tawale.

Articulations of identity from a queer Fijian woman with settler-colonial heritage living in Australia.


03 February - 26 May


Footscray Community Arts (Outdoors) [i]
45 Moreland St, Footscray
24 hrs


Queer Futures


Wheelchair access



The exhibition title Exquisite Corpse refers not only to the collaborative drawing game popularised by the surrealists (who in turn, appropriated Oceanic objects and ideas), but also to the cumulative migrant experience in post-colonial Australia.

This mashup of experiences is collaged together to understand inherited and enduring legacies. Reflecting on her experiences as a person from two different colonies (Australia and Fiji), Salote Tawale uses Indigenous knowledge systems as a foundational basis for inquiry. Tawale invites points of human connection, using physical objects to tether images to the real world. A combination of components signify different natural and made objects, each contributing their own tonal vibration within the space.

This outdoor installation is part of a major exhibition inside the Roslyn Smorgon Gallery in Footscray Community Arts.

A Queer PHOTO Exhibition Outdoor installation supported by Creative Victoria through the Victorian Government’s Go West Fund

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March